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Luca Sapienza

Luca Sapienza is a CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher in the Nanofabrication Research Group.  He received a Laurea degree in Materials Science from the University of Padua, Italy and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University Paris Diderot, France, where he developed quantum cascade structures for studying light-matter strong coupling with intersubband transitions.   After receiving his Ph.D., Luca was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Physics at University College Dublin, Ireland, where he studied plasmonics with ferromagnetic materials and at the Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, where he studied cavity quantum electrodynamics with single quantum dots.  Prior to joining the CNST, Luca was a Research Associate at the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Science at Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom,  where he worked on single quantum dot spectroscopy at telecommunications wavelengths.  Luca is working with Kartik Srinivasan measuring light-matter interactions in chip-based optical cavities.



  • Cavity quantum electrodynamics with Anderson-localized modes, L. Sapienza, H. Thyrrestrup, S. Stobbe, P. D. Garcia, S. Smolka, and P. Lodahl, Science 327, 1352 (2010).
  • Surface plasmon excitation on magneto-active materials, L. Sapienza and D. Zerulla, Physical Review B 79, 033407 (2009).
  • Electrical injection of cavity polaritons, L. Sapienza, A. Vasanelli, R. Colombelli, C. Ciuti, Y. Chassagneux, C. Manquest, U. Gennser, and C. Sirtori, Physical Review Letters 100, 136806 (2008).
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CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher
Nanofabrication Research Group


M.S. Materials Science -  University of Padua, Italy

Ph.D. Materials Science - University Paris Diderot, France


Phone: 301-975-8562